Africa Is The Youngest Continent In The World

Forty percent of Africans are 14 years old or younger

May 25, 2015 at 5:37 PM ET

Monday marked Africa Day, a holiday celebrated worldwide to honor African unity, and while some areas are shaking off the after-effects of Ebola, and others struggle with political uncertainty, as in Burundi, there’s much to celebrate.  Africa is the only continent where population growth has not stalled, will soon be home to the world’s largest labour force, and right now, Africa is the continent with the world’s youngest population overall. Forty percent of Africans are 14 or younger, and 34 percent of Africans are 25 to 29. According to World Review, Africa will have more young people working than any other country in 40 years, making investment in their education an enormous priority.

A map by Global Post shows African countries have median ages mostly in their teens and early twenties. In some countries it’s 16 or younger. For context, the median age of the United States is 36.9.

The population boom and Africa’s huge young population is in large part due to a reduction in infant mortality rates, improvements in health facilities and successful vaccination campaigns over the last 10 years, according to the United Nations. African nations are expected to add 10 years, on average, to the life expectancies of their populations within ten years.

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